1909 VDB Lincoln Wheat Penny
So after a good days work sorting pennies, pennies always end up on the floor everywhere. It’s a natural hazard of the business.
Normally, picking them up one by one would be mind boggling painful so usually we use a broom to sweep them up. After a long day of sorting today, we swept up this little treasure:
a 1909 VDB Lincoln wheat cent just laying there on the ground in fairly good condition. This is a great example of how easy it is to overlook and miss such a great coin without always keeping a trained eye out for value.
So next time you see a penny just laying on the ground, pick it up. You never know what you may just find!
Why is this coin special?
The 1909 VDB Penny is a rather unique find which honors Victor David Brenner. This is what the VDB stands for. He was the designer of the wheat cent at the request of President Roosevelt. You’ll see this imprint of the letters VDB stamped along the lower edge of the reverse side of the penny. These initials will only be found on 1909 wheat cents. Though complaints occurred on the existence of these initials, so they were removed from future production.
A 1909 VDB S mark penny simply means that not only does it meet the criteria above, but it was minted at the San Francisco Mint. This makes it a more rare find as the San Francisco Mint was not a very large coin producing mint, making for coins coming from this location harder to find.
Think you have one? Handle with great care! Even the slightest “ding” can reduce value.